[Update: The Reds announced this afternoon the call-up of Jose Peraza and J.J. Hoover. Daniel Wright optioned to AAA. Jordan Pacheco to the DL.]
I was at the Bats game in Louisville Monday night and let’s just say there was a lot of news. The details of the game were encouraging. Cody Reed pitched six innings of 1-run baseball and looked excellent for much of it. Lorenzen had a good inning of work and Jose Peraza reached base four times, breaking out of an extended slump.
Media access means that I get to go a little deeper, though. I spoke with Lorenzen, Bats manager Delino DeShields, and Cody Reed and each provided interesting information.
On Lorenzen’s performance:
Lorenzen topped out at 98 and sat at 96. He seemed to indicate he had more velocity, “That’s not going to be my ceiling.” DeShields also thought he looked. I happened to over hear Ted Power as I was leaving saying that over than “bouncing those first two curveballs, he was great… the same old Lorenzen.” Lorenzen, when speaking, seemed genuinely dedicated to helping the team in whatever way he can he said, “I know I can be a good major league starter,” but was also clear that he would pitch from the bullpen without complaint.
DeShields spoke at length about Cody Reed’s start. Reed took a ball off the leg during the game. DeShields said he wanted to take Reed out, but, “he wouldn’t let me.” I asked about Reed’s resilience when he faces adversity on the mound. DeShields said, “He’s a very intense guy… That’s something he’s going to have to regulate. His intensity sometimes gets the best of him. A close pitch here and there, it kind of shakes him up sometimes. He’s gotta deal with that a little better.” Later, DeShields said, “For me, he’s not quite there yet. There’s some improvements that could be made.”
Reed came out after receiving treatment for the ball off his leg. He reported that he felt fine except for the goose egg on his leg. Regarding his control, he said his control wasn’t how he wanted it and admitted to trying to aim the ball too much when he walked the pitcher on four pitches.
Winker was asked about (he was removed from the game Sunday and didn’t play Monday. We were told he has a wrist injury that has been bothering him for a few days and had reached a point where he cannot hold a bat. He had an MRI Monday and it wasn’t known if it was related to his previous wrist injury from 2014.
My own assessment:
I continue to think that when he is called up, Reed will be the best pitcher on the staff. He does have his moments, but seems capable of correcting himself. When he is on, he is dominating, and I’m excited to see what he does against a major league lineup.
I’ll try to keep you posted on Winker, hopefully the injury is not serious.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.